Third place for mooting students

Two Law students have finished third place in a prestigious national mooting competition.

Date: 21 June 2017

Sarah Harty and Daniel Dawson (pictured), both first year Graduate Diploma in Law students, have finished third out of 64 in the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition.

A mooting competition simulates an appeal court hearing, in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions, and present an oral argument. Moot problems are typically set in areas of law that are unsettled or that have been subject to recent developments and usually involve two grounds of appeal, argued by each side.

The semi-finals were held on 20 June at Dartmouth House in Mayfair. They were coached by their tutors, Barrie Goldstone, Head of Law at London Met, Dr Mischa Allen, senior lecturer in Law, and Dr Caroline Derry, senior lecturer in Law.

Daniel Dawson said: “Considering neither myself nor Sarah have ever mooted before I feel very proud to be able to represent London Metropolitan University and to get so far. We couldn’t have done it without all the support and guidance from Barrie Goldstone, who has dedicated hours and hours of his own free time to this competition, and for that I sincerely thank him!”

The ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition is one of the longest running national mooting competitions in the UK; the first final was held in 1972. The winning team is presented with the ‘Silver Mace’ and the two winners take away £1,000 each and a further £1,000 for their institution. Runners up are awarded a cash prize of £750 each with a further £500 going to their institution. All four finalists are offered much-prized mini-pupillages at Essex Court Chambers to kick start their careers as advocates.

The 2016/17 competition has been taking place since December 2016 and Sarah and Daniel have previously beaten Queen Mary University of London, London South Bank University, SOAS University of London and Birkbeck University.

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